“Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin With Me”

So begins the song with the same name, first written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955.

We are living at a time where our leaders and the media seem to be filled with the opposite of peace. We are all feeling it – even our youngsters. So… “let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” From November through January, many people celebrate both religious and secular holidays where peace and lighting candles are important. With this confluence, we decided to focus on peace this month. All over the world there are religious and cultural rituals that include peace, especially at this time of year.

This month’s How-To Guides Bridging Families (BT’s subscription for grandparents, mentors and anyone looking for meaningful IG conversations and activities) and Bridging Groups (BT’s subscription for activity coordinators to directors at COAs, assisted living centers, senior centers, libraries or anyone looking to create 60-90 minute formal IG activities/lessons) dive into PEACE.

These How-To Guides (H2G) include:

  • Ice breakers such as Pass The Peace and Hands of Peace.
  • Conversation starters such as “Is there a place you experience peace?
  • Tons of activities that focus on peace within yourself, in relationships, in community thru a variety of media from art, songs, poetry, and even peace-full snacks!
  • Additional resources such as books, websites and apps.
  • For formal groups: This H2G will also go into detail on convening, evaluating and reconvening your leadership team.

Access these and all of our How-To Guides here. If you are not a subscriber, please join us today!


A peace-filled death is one of the greatest legacies we may leave. In the early 1990s, when Andrea Fonte Weaver, BT’s executive director, began teaching the Bridges program in schools with older volunteers, they explored aging as a lifelong process. There were more than a dozen lessons – but death was not one of them. Older volunteers began asking her to include death because it is a natural and inevitable ending to the lifespan. Teachers began asking her to include death because so many students were dealing with death – of pets, grandparents, and even parents – and the youngsters were not prepared. So, she created a lesson. Over the next decade, on evaluations, at least one student per class would say that it was their favorite lesson. So, we have included the updated version with this month’s subscription. Enjoy!

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